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Turtle Island

Turtle Island, Fiji: Where South Pacific Culture Mingles With Rustic Elegance

BY: Courtney Driver | 2013
Fiji's Turtle Island is a place where rustic island living and luxury travel collide; this is an isolated little pocket...
Adelaide

Southern Ocean Lodge: Down Under at Isolated and Exotic Australian 'Galapagos'

BY: Chad Chisholm | 2013
A leap and bound over a small section of the Southern Ocean, Kangaroo Island awaits for a distinctive adventure just south...
Auckland

A Look at Auckland's Thriving Foodie Scene

New Zealand has always been an island nation full of middle-earth mystique, and the Hobbit craze has only added to its...
Sydney

Apollo Delivers First-Class Cuisine in Sydney

BY: Carol Driver | 2013
The chatter is loud and welcoming as my friend and I wander into The Apollo on a busy Wednesday night. Tucked away in the...
Nadi

Legacy, Scarcity and Worth at The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

BY: Susan Kime | 2012
One area of agreement in the published 2012 affluence research is the three intrinsic dimensions of most high-end products:...
Sydney

Family-Friendly Luxury Villa Rental on the Australian Coast

BY: Sally Farris | 2012
Australia is a place of charming accents, beaches, famous opera houses and of course a vast outback full of exotic...
Bora Bora

New Wedding Experiences Facebook Page for InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

BY: James Rothaar | 2012
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa recently launched a new Facebook page—Bora Bora Wedding Romance Experiences. The page features weddings, vow renewals, blessing ceremonies, romantic dinners, and info on daily ongoings at the luxury resort and spa. The location is InterContinental's four largest in French Polynesia. More than 80 overwater villas are found stretched over the resort community. Each of these deluxe accommodations has a split-level terrace and a sundeck. Reef, the resort’s restaurant, is acclaimed for its French Polynesian cuisine. There also is an overwater wedding chapel with a glass bottom floor onsite. Custom-tailored wedding ceremonies are held on the resort’s private beach. These excluisve wedding packages on the beach include a civil ceremony, a chapel ceremony, and an ocean ceremony. 
Christchurch

Gourmet Getaway to New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge

BY: Eric Rosen | 2012
While many travelers visit New Zealand for the breathtaking scenery and adrenaline-pumping adventure sports, this idyllic...
Bora Bora

$250,000 Wedding at St. Regis Bora Bora on Auction at Upcoming Charity Event

BY: James Rothaar | 2012
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is partnering with Norwegian wedding-gown designer Cecilie Melli to create a personalized...
Queensland

Australian Sustainable Home

BY: Mila Pantovich | 2012
Drew House in Queensland, Australia is the picture of environmentally conscious luxury real estate. With features like solar panels and rainwater tanks, this uniquely designed home is like living in a science fiction-based research facility.
Queensland

Australian Sustainable Home | The Strange Sleeping Pods of Drew House

BY: Mila Pantovich | 2012
Sustainable homes are nothing new nowadays. In fact, it's more unusual now to find an architect firm that doesn't care about the environment…or at least doesn't pretend to. Many companies are showing that just because a home is environmentally-friendly doesn't mean it can't fall into the realm of luxury real estate. The Drew House of Queensland, Australia is pretty close to the Great Barrier Reef, which may be why the dwelling looks like a strange research facility from the outside. The home was built as a holiday retreat for Marian Drew, an Australian photographer, and her brother, meant to resemble their childhood camping memories. Drew House is made up of pod-like structures, one a long metal tube and the others box-like rooms, that connect to create the living quarters. According to the architects, Simon Laws of Anthill Constructions, the living and sleeping areas of the home were made off-site in Brisbane, transported over to the location afterwards. The large deck area outside is meant to be an outdoor living and dining area, with a prefabricated parabolic roofed awning stretching over it. What makes it so eco-friendly? The architect firm assure that the design and shape of the home is energy efficient and simple materials were used in the construction as much as possible, like natural oiled Australian wood. There are also rainwater tanks, solar hot water and electrical panels, and a community water recycling system for everything but drinking and bathing.
Queenstown

Live Out the Fairy Tale at New Zealand's Mudcastle

BY: Joseph Vasquez | 2012
A whole castle built with mud—it doesn't exactly sound like something out of a fairy tale, but it's certainly attracting...
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